Spar Ireland panto Beauty and the Beast at UCH runs until Jan 8. The cast pictured above.
Karl Spain from RTÉ’s Celebrity Operation Transformation, had another reason to shed the pounds as he is taking part in the University Concert Hall stage in Limerick this Christmas, in the Spar Panto Beauty and the Beast. The Limerick comedian, best known for his TV series Karl Spain Wants A Woman will not be the only newcomer to this year’s panto at University Concert Hall as Aoibhin Garrihy and Tom O’Mahony join the long serving host of familiar faces which already include RTÉ’s George McMahon, Richie Hayes and Leanne Moore, Myles Breen and Richard Lynch.
Hailed as “achingly funny” (The Sunday Times) Karl is a regular performer at Kilkenny Cat Laughs, the Galway Comedy Festival, the Vodafone Comedy Festival, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and Montreal Just for Laughs. He has performed in Australia, the US and South Africa and has toured with Kevin Bridges and Ed Byrne.
Aoibhin Garrihy became well known to Irish audiences as Neasa Dillon on Fair City and Lyndsey Conklin in BBC’s The Fall with Jamie Dornan. She recently appeared on stage at University Concert Hall in the sellout performance of Landmark Production’s Ross O’Carroll-Kelly play Breaking Dad. Ex-MMA fighter turned comedian Tom O’Mahony starred alongside the legendary Rik Mayall in Irish TV’s record-breaking hit comedy Damo & Ivor as the intolerable toff, Tarquin. He has since been a regular on Irish TV shows including Republic of Telly and Irish Pictorial Weekly.
The rest of the much loved UCH Panto gang are also back for a hilarious take on this tale as old as time! Fair City’s George McMahon will play the selfie obsessed Gaston, who professes to love the beautiful Bell, played by Leanne Moore, almost (but not quite!) as much as he loves himself! Richie Hayes will make sure the fun factor is high, playing Gaston’s loveable side kick Gascraic.
West End star, John Brannoch returns to his native Limerick to take on the role of the Beast. John has recently starred as Rudolpho in Matilda the Musical and is currently touring New Zealand in Pricilla. Dame Myles Breen returns for what will be his 20th consecutive year starring in a Panto, with hilarious Ilovelimerick.com founder Richard Lynch becoming Montyesque as he asks Belle to Say Yes to The Dress!
The SPAR Panto, Beauty and the Beast, at University Concert Hall is now on sale! Early bookers will get the best seats, at the best prices, and can cross it off the Christmas “To Do” list before they even start one!
There will be a Sensory Friendly performance on Friday 6th January at 2pm. This show will be a little brighter and a little quieter, without any sudden, loud noises. There will also be plenty of room for audiences to move around and get comfortable, all of which will make it more accessible to some families.
SPAR, one of Ireland’s largest convenience retail groups, announced its title sponsorship of the 2016 University Concert Hall, Limerick Panto in August of this year. Announcing the sponsorship, Colin Donnelly, SPAR Sales Director said “SPAR is delighted to be the title sponsor of the 2016 University Concert Hall, Limerick Panto. SPAR stores are at the heart of Irish communities and events such as the UCH panto breathe life into local communities. This year the pantomime is expected to be one of the biggest and best yet. We wish everyone involved the best of luck.”
Beauty and the Beast in the UCH from December 19 until January 8.
Tickets are from €17.50, Matinee and Evening Shows
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